Born In: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Aretha Louise Franklin, known as The Queen of Soul, was the first woman ever to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was born in a religious household in Tennessee to Reverend C.L. Franklin. Her mother was a gospel singer. She was interested in music and singing from a very young age and taught herself to play the piano. Her father recognized her talent for singing and started to manage her from the time she was 14, trying to get her a deal with a record company. She was signed for the first time by Columbia Records, the association that lasted for 6 years and she became an instant international craze. Later, she signed the Atlantic records and Arista Records, the label that she stuck with for 20 good years. She was the winner of 18 Grammy Awards and has also received many American Music Awards. She had given to the world acclaimed albums like: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Soul Lady, Young, Gifted & Black, etc. She was one of the best-selling female artists of all time and had been listed twice on the ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’ and ‘100 Greatest Singers of All Time’ lists on the Rolling Stone magazine.
Also Known As: Aretha Louise Franklin
Died At Age: 76
Spouse/Ex-: Glynn Turman (m. 1978–1984), Ted White (m. 1961–1969)
father: Clarence LaVaughn Franklin
mother: Barbara Siggers
siblings: Carl Ellan Kelley, Carolyn Franklin, Erma Franklin, Rev. Cecil Franklin, Vaughn Franklin
children: Clarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Kecalf Cunningham, Ted White Jr.
Born Country: United States
place of death: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Cause of Death: Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor (pNET)
City: Memphis, Tennessee
Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Clarence LaVaughan ‘C.L.’ Franklin and Barbara Siggers Franklin. Her father was a Baptist preacher, while her mother was a gospel singer. She had 3 siblings and they all grew up in a religious household. Her sisters Carolyn and Erma were also singers.
When Franklin was 5 years old, her family relocated to Detroit, Michigan where her father founded a Baptist hchurch. When she was 6, her parents separated because of her father’s infamous promiscuity. Thereafter, her mother moved to Buffalo.
When she was 10, her mother died; her grandmother and aunts took care of her and her siblings. Her father was getting more and more famous for his sermons by this time and was known as the man with the ‘million-dollar voice’.
She started to learn how to play the piano on her own when she was only a little girl and her earliest songs were recorded at the church when she was 14. She also used to sing on the revival tours of her father.
At the age of 14, Franklin’s talent for singing was recognized by her father who started managing her, to get her a recording deal. In 1956, her first album, Songs of Faith, came out under J. V. B. Records label.
In 1960, Franklin was signed by Columbia Records, after she persuaded her father to let her record pop music. Her popular single ‘Today I Sung the Blues’ was released in the same year - it reached the Hot Rhythm & Blue Sellers Chart.
Aretha Franklin became a mother quite early in life. She gave birth to her first son when she was not even 13. She named him Clarence after her father. Though she never revealed the identity of his father, according to news site Inquisitr, "The father of the child was Donald Burk, a boy she knew from school". However, in one of her handwritten wills, Franklin had revealed that the father of her first child was Edward Jordan.
Her second son, Edward, was born two years later in 1957 and she named him after his father Edward Jordan. Clarence and Edward were raised by her grandmother and sister, while she pursued her music career.
In 1961, she married Ted White despite objections from her father. Ted was much older to her and the marriage did not work out. Franklin was subjected to domestic violence throughout their marriage and they divorced in 1969.
In 1964, Franklin gave birth to her third son, Ted White, Jr., who is now famously known as Teddy Richards and is a famous musician.
In 1968, her fourth son, Kecalf, was born. His father is Ken Cunningham, Aretha Franklin's former manager.
In 1978, she married actor Glynn Turman and took care of his three children from his former marriage. The couple divorced in 1984. Franklin later announced her plans to marry Willie Wilkerson, but called it off immediately.
She died of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor on August 16, 2018.
Franklin suffered from weight problems throughout her life.
She was famous in the 80s for wearing extravagant dresses and nightgowns in her shows and concerts. She was the honorary aunt of recording artist Whitney Houston.
|2008||Best Gospel Performance||Winner|
|2006||Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance||Winner|
|2004||Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance||Winner|
|1994||Lifetime Achievement Award||Winner|
|1993||Best Album Notes||Winner|
|1989||Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female||Winner|
|1988||Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal||Winner|
|1988||Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female||Winner|
|1987||Best Historical Album||Winner|
|1986||Best Rhythm & Blues Song||Winner|
|1986||Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female||Winner|
|1982||Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female||Winner|
|1975||Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female||Winner|
|1974||Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female||Winner|
|1973||Best Soul Gospel Performance||Winner|
|1973||Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female||Winner|
|1972||Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female||Winner|
|1971||Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female||Winner|
|1970||Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female||Winner|
|1969||Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance, Female||Winner|
|1968||Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female||Winner|
|1968||Best Rhythm & Blues Recording||Winner|
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